The Byron Bay Red Devils maintained their number one position in the NRRRL competition with a gritty 20-16 win on Sunday over last year’s grand final opponents, Grafton Ghosts.
It was a display full of character and worthy of the reigning premiers.
It was all the more meritorious with the early loss of two key players, Simon Kelly and Ryan O’Connell.
The Bay went to oranges with a lead of 12 to 6. It could have been a bigger lead but Grafton managed to score a try two minutes from the break
Ghosts hit back early in the second half to tie the game 12-all.
The Devils could have dropped off, but the side dug deep and were rewarded with a converted try to take back the lead.
Byron Bay went further ahead courtesy of a penalty goal, with Grafton hitting back with a try a minute from full-time.
Try scorers for the Bay were Eli Colby (2) and Dallas Hood. Duane Cahill kicked four goals.
Byron Bay play a deferred match against Lower Clarence at Red Devil Park tomorrow (Fri) night.
First game will be at 4.30 pm with the main game kicking off at 7.30 pm.
A big second half saw Mullumbimby Giants power home 26-10 winners over Ballina at Ballina to keep them level with Byron Bay on the top of the table on 10 points.
Defence was a highlight of their win.
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